You get your money's worth at Olivebank
By Kenneth Scott
Burgh edge out Camelon in a thriller
Two weeks ago, Musselburgh played away to LTHV in the 2nd round of the King Cup and came away with a 2-0 win. The reward was a home tie in the 3rd round with Camelon Juniors the visitors to Olivebank.
The away side are 4th in Conference C with 43 points from 19 league matches. Musselburgh sit in 3rd place in Conference A; with 47 points from 20 matches. The last time the sides met was in season 2016-17. Both league matches ended in 1-1 draws.
So, it was inevitable fans were speaking of another close match in prospect. Due to an injury picked up by Greig Callaghan, there was one change to last week’s line up for the home side, with Liam Reid coming back into the defence set-up. Nathan Evans, who scored both goals in the 2nd round found himself on the bench.
A good crowd gathered to watch the cup tie and an early chance fell to Camelon. The centre forward, Docherty ran into the box, shot past Ally Adams, but the ball went wide of the post.
Musselburgh also a chance a couple of minutes later, but a free kick, floated into the Camelon box, resulted in a soft header by Liam R which the goalkeeper, Shaw, safely collected.
The first goal of the tie came in 12 minutes. A long ball from defence landed in the Burgh half, with Keiron Anderson, lead scorer in the East of Scotland, running clear of the defence. Ally came to the 18 yard box, then suddenly started to run back, when challenging for the ball may have been the best option. Anderson got to the ball and with Ally’s angles all wrong, it was an easy goal to score for the Camelon striker.
Second goal came seven minute later. McMullan had the ball on right hand side of park. He played it over to the other side and Anderson shot from outside the box. Ally seemed to be transfixed as he never moved and the ball landed in the corner of the net for Camelon to move 2-0 ahead.
At this time, Camelon were all over Musselburgh who were finding playing against such a good team a struggle. On a rare move forward, Ewan Ralton had a chance to reduce the deficit, but his shot brought a good save from Shaw. On 32 minutes, Jackie Myles fouled outside the box. From the free kick, Anderson attempted to get his hat trick but Ally tipped the free kick over the bar.
With five minutes till have time, Musselburgh made their first substitution. After a kick in the knee, Gary Cherry was replaced by Liam Gregory.
Many of the fans were wondering how the score was only 2-0 at half time.Musselburgh had been completely outplayed. It would need a transformation for the match to change. Lots of Camelon forward runs came up from their left wing and Burgh had to tighten up on this side of the park.
At start of the second half Ewan was replaced by Nathan Evans. Almost straight away you could see more urgency from the home side. Whatever Kevin McDonald, (announced as permanent manager of Musselburgh during midweek), said in the dressing room; it seemed to have struck an accord.
Ten minutes into the half and Musselburgh were thrown a lifeline as the ref blew for a penalty after a challenge. From the spot, Conor Thomson hit the ball into the corner and Camelon were pegged back with the score now 2-1. Following the penalty, the left back, McGroary must have said something as he was booked. Jack Gillan was next in the book for a late challenge.
In 64 minutes, Herron had a chance to increase the away side’s lead, but his header just fell wide of the post. Up the other end, Nathan ran the ball into the corner, turned and played a great cross into the box, which McGroary cleared away from the goal line. Then Liam G played another great pass into the box. Nathan’s shot was cleared for a corner.
Anderson received a needless yellow card on 72 minutes. Camelon were on the attack, when the linesman put his flag up for offside. The attacker hammered the ball past the goal line and the ref brought out his card. This was followed by a flurry of cards issued by the referee. The centre half, Skinner was booked for speaking back to the ref. Then, Kevin McDonald, who had remonstrated before the previous attack, was called over and the result was that he was sent off. A couple of minutes later, Jackie was then booked for a tackle.
On 78 minutes, no.7 McMullan was subbed with his brother replacing him. A golden opportunity came in 83 minutes for Camelon to close end the contest. From the left wing, a ball came into the Musselburgh box. The centre forward connected with it, in the six yard box, but Michael Deland was there to block.
Final throw of the dice for the home side with five minutes left saw forward Scott Moffat replace defender Jack Gillan. With fans already leaving Olivebank, a move they would regret, Ally punted the ball up the field. Mathu King headed down to Liam G, then continued to run forward. Liam moved forward, looked up then floated a ball into the box. Who else, but Mathu is there to head the ball into the net and with three minutes left the match was level at 2-2 and heading into extra time.
However, with the match in the final minute, Camelon were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. From this, Ally managed to save a header from point blank save, then straight away, had to block another shot and the danger was saved. So from villain, in the first half, to hero at the end of the second half. This match had so many talking points and it wasn’t the end of these, as in the 3rd minute of injury time Musselburgh were awarded a penalty kick following a challenge on left hand side of the box.
From being hammered 2-0 in the first half, it looked like Musselburgh were going to be involved in a remake of the great escape with the chance of making it 3-2. However, the referee ran across the pitch for a confab with his linesman. The result of this was the decision was changed for offside!
A minute later, with Camelon on the attack, Jonno McManus was booked for a high tackle. From the free kick, Camelon had another chance to win the match, but Ally saved from Anderson.
Full time; 2-2 and the match moved into extra time.
Nothing of substance happened in the first period, but it was evident that the fast moving play of Camelon was nowhere to be seen and a number of players seemed to be tired on their feet.
In 2nd period, Camelon had the first chance to score again, with Anderson hitting a low free kick underneath the Burgh wall. Ally was there to save the ball. In 109 minutes, McGroary cleared the ball from the Camelon defence into the Musselburgh half. Liam Reid rose to head the ball, which came to Michael D, on the half way line.
As Michael ran down the left wing, he went by two Camelon players - check the video for yourself, but he may have nutmegged one of the defenders. Michael ran to the by-line. He cut back into the box, hit a neat ball into the six yard box and Scott Moffat was there to glance a header into the net and Burgh were in the lead for the first time in match.
Three minutes later; Skinner received his second yellow for a tackle on Scott. The Camelon defender was none to happy with the decision and he went off, talking out to a few as he went towards the dressing room. Then with around three minutes left, there was a stoppage with a bit of confusion with what was going on.
It looked like the referee sustained a calf injury and had to go off. One of the linesman took the whistle and a Musselburgh committee member took the line for the remaining minutes.
Into injury time and with an open goal, one of the Camelon attackers looked to have squared the match. But, somehow he managed to hit the post. Then a couple of minutes later, Camelon had the ball into the net, and the Away support were jumping for joy as penalties beckoned.
This was short-lived, though, as the referee blew for offside. A lot of the supporters then changed their mood; calling the Burgh linesman all the names under the sun. But they were blaming the wrong guy, as the referee had made his own mind up about the offside decision.
In the seconds after, Anderson received his second yellow and Camelon were down to nine men, (for the second time in two matches). Then the linesman called the referee over and the Burgh captain received a straight red card. This was for celebrating that the Camelon goal had been chalked off - a poor decision as this was done in the perimeters of the pitch!
Final score of this miraculous match was 3-2 to Musselburgh, after extra time. Even the finest of gamblers would not have handed over a penny at half time, hoping to make any profit, with Musselburgh making such a turnaround in the match.
Nevertheless, whilst the Camelon fans will have left Olivebank thinking, that was a cup tie they should of won, the Burgh fans left in jubilant fashion speaking amongst themselves about what the hell happened. And that is why, as said elsewhere, fans love football!!
The reward of this is a quarter final tie at home to either Penicuik or Linlithgow.